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Jay Gruden explains why Dwayne Haskins won’t get chance at QB

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Dwayne Haskins isn’t under consideration to start for the Washington Redskins despite Case Keenum’s slow start at quarterback.

Coach Jay Gruden explained Tuesday that, in his view, the season “is not lost.” As long as that’s the case, he intends to stick with the quarterback who he thinks gives the team the best chance to win — and in his eyes, that’s still Keenum.

“Well, we’ve played three games, and there’s 13 games left in the season,” Gruden said, via Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk. “This season is not lost. It’s not over. I know everybody wants to say, ‘It’s over, and the season is over, so go ahead and play Haskins.’ We feel confident we can turn this thing around. I’m out here at practice every day. We’re out here at practice every day evaluating everybody. If we feel like Dwayne gives us the best chance to win in a coming game, we’ll definitely put Dwayne in there. If we feel like it’s Colt [McCoy] when he gets healthy, it could be Colt. Right now, we feel like it’s Case Keenum, and we’re going to move forward with him this week.”

Haskins isn’t getting a look right now, even in practice, and Gruden clearly isn’t comfortable going that route. It’s not clear whether it will help him or Haskins in the long run, though.

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